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Attend Football Opener to Help Tackle Childhood Cancer

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Cancer survivors Erin Ersoy and Elissa Mingino (photo by Sam Levitan)

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and individuals who purchase tickets for the Stony Brook University Seawolves home opener football game on Saturday, September 11, will help tackle childhood cancer. A portion of the ticket sales will support the “Play Fit-Stay Fit!” program sponsored by the Sunrise Fund at Stony Brook University Medical Center (SBUMC). The program is a comprehensive physical therapy and fitness/wellness program for childhood cancer survivors and their families.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), childhood cancer remains the leading cause of death from disease in children younger than 15 years old, despite overall rising survival rates within the past 20 years. The ACS estimates that approximately 10,700 children under age 15 will be diagnosed with cancer this year.

The Seawolves home opener begins at 6:00 pm at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. The team will play American International College of Springfield. Tickets are $12; visit or call (631) 632-WOLF (9653).

The Sunrise Fund, founded in 1999, supports SBUMC-based cancer services, innovative child and family programs, and research surrounding the causes of cancer and new treatments. For more information, visit

“Play Fit-Stay Fit!” runs 12 consecutive weeks each fall and spring. The program is a coordinated effort by the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at SBUMC and the Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health Technology and Management. For more information about the program, visit or call (631) 444-6169.

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